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The Wonders of Water

15 September 2014

Water is one of the basic raw materials for purposeful play. Just like sand, clay and blocks, children can use water without being constrained by the one, right way to use it. Here in the Early Years Cubs, we feel water play is at the foundation of our children’s learning.

This year, we have some new wonderful water play centres from Community Playthings. These water trays are not only a wonderful new play thing, but provide the most fantastic learning opportunities for our children.

To make the most of water play the teacher needs to be an enabler. We add the interesting, challenging, and puzzling materials to stimulate the children’s active play. This could be things like colours, funnels and tubes.

Since setting up the new water trays, we have seen the children work together as a team, to problem solve or check how an activity is going. This all links back to High Performance Learning: creating independent learners within the Early Years Cubs unit.

- Natalie Walker, Head of Pre-Nursery and Nursery